GM Replaced The 2017 Chevrolet Colorado 3.6 V6 With, err, 3.6 V6
Published August 29, 2016
The mid-size truck segment is not hugely popular. Yet, GM is allegedly on track to sell 160,000 units of the Colorado for the first 24 months since the car went on sale. That is easily enough to keep the new truck fresh and ready and that is exactly what they have done for the MY2017. 2017 Chevrolet Colorado truck received a new engine, new transmission, and slightly adjusted trim levels. Obviously, the most notable and the most important change is the introduction of the new 3.6-liter, V6. It may have almost the same displacement as the old engine. Yet, it comes with improved and advanced tech. This includes a system called Active Fuel Management. In other words – cylinder deactivation system which cuts of two cylinders when under light load.
Obviously, eight-speed transmission is another “segment-only” feature. Gearing is not the same as on other cars with the engine (GM sedans). Here, eight-speed is with longer gearing – perfect for highway cruising. Unfortunately, Chevrolet did not disclose the mpg values for the 2017 Colorado V6.
“The Colorado is currently the most fuel-efficient pickup truck in America, with an EPA-estimated 31 mpg highway when equipped with the diesel engine. As such, for the new V-6 and eight-speed combination we focused on improving everyday driving performance. Drivers will immediately notice that it pulls harder when accelerating from a stop or passing on the highway; it is more confident pulling a trailer up a steep grade and it is more refined cruising at a constant highway speed,” said Stan Ludlow, chief engineer for the 2017 Colorado.
The new V6 is all about acceleration, power, and reliability. However, sheer numbers are not exactly impressive. It develops 308 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque. Not a huge improvement (3 hp) over the engine it will replace. They remain available with the 2.5-liter petrol engine, 2.8 turbodiesel engine and 2WD and 4WD versions.
Minor changes include the integration of the Teen Driver mode (optional), seat heaters even for cloth seats and four-wheel drive selector for all 4WD models.
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